The 2nd Annual

Tourism Shala

Help build a sustainable foundation for India's tourism sector.​

Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2020

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Join us for action-oriented conversation and activities that help shape the future of travel in India.

Registration for the 2020 Tourism Shala is free. However, If you are in a position to make a donation so we can continue to lead our community into action and policy needed to make sustainable travel the norm, it would be greatly appreciated.​

All sessions will be live over Zoom.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on India have been devastating, especially as we have watched our beloved tourism industry crumble before us.

However, as travel begins to open up in India, and around the world, this is our opportunity as leaders for sustainable travel to create the new normal and a sustainable base for the tourism industry to thrive.

At this year’s virtual Tourism Shala, we’re diving into innovative solutions for business models that have been stagnant and ineffective for far too long. We’re inviting leaders, influencers, innovators, students, and diverse voices among the tourism industry of India to share their stories, solutions, and lived experiences to tackle a sustainable future.

Friday, September 25th

*all sessions are in IST

11:00am - 11:30am: Keynote from Sustainable Travel Network

Hosted by Himanshu Shekhar, Sustainable Travel Network and Delhi By Cycle

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Fostering Collaboration Across The Sector

A discussion with Roopsi Latwal, Birds & Words and Pawalgarh Prakriti Prahari

Hosted by Jazzmine Raine, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World

1:00pm - 2:00pm: The Silent Stories of India’s Tourism Sector: In conversation with the vulnerable voices and leaders of projects experiencing the real challenges of COVID-19 on India’s tourism sector [PANEL]

Panelists:

Hosted by Kush Sharma, Sustainable Travel Network and Rural Odyssey

 

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Silent Stories Follow-Up Discussion

Join STN to dive deeper into how we can support vulnerable individuals and communities through our own travel organizations.

 

This is an activity-based session where participants are expected to take part in activities and discussion.

Saturday, September 26th

*all sessions are in IST

11:00am - 12:00pm: How Tourism Has Affected Local Artisans

A discussion with Vinod Nambiar, Vayali Folklore Group

Hosted by Kelsey White, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Engaging Tourism Stakeholders In Mindful Operations

A discussion with Pritam Pany, Voyage

Hosted by Jazzmine Raine, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World

 

1:00pm - 2:00pm: How To Boost Localization Through Travel

A discussion with Malika Virdi of Himalayan Ark

Hosted by Kush Sharma, Sustainable Travel Network and Rural Odyssey

 

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Innovating Tourism With Social Enterprise Models [PANEL]

 

Panelists:

Hosted by Jazzmine Raine, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World

 

3:00pm - 4:30pm: Innovating Tourism With Social Enterprise Follow-Up Activity

Join STN to learn how to identify and navigate community development issues, and how to measure the impact you are making, to create a triple bottom line for your tourism organization—people, planet, profit.

This is an activity-based session where participants are expected to take part in activities and discussion.

Sunday, September 27th

*all sessions are in IST

11:00am - 12:00pm: What’s Next? Connecting with communities that solely rely on tourism [PANEL]

Panelists:

Hosted by Kelsey White, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World, and Himanshu Shekhar, Sustainable Travel Network and Delhi By Cycle

 

12:00pm - 1:30pm: What’s Next? Follow-Up Activity

Join STN to dive deeper into the next steps for building a sustainable tourism industry in India. Together we’ll be exploring the connections between our tourism organizations and its stakeholders, and mapping out power structures to identify our roles and responsibilities within the tourism industry as a whole.

This is an activity-based session where participants are expected to take part in activities and discussion.

Hosted by Kelsey White, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World, and Himanshu Shekhar, Sustainable Travel Network and Delhi By Cycle

 

2:30pm - 3:30pm: How To Nurture Sustainable Tourism Post-Pandemic

In discussion with Gaurav Bhan Bhatnagar of The Folk Tales and Parrul Sinha of Sacred Dot

Hosted by Jazzmine Raine, Sustainable Travel Network and Hara World

 

4:00pm: Closing Session And Next Steps Following The Tourism Shala

Hosted by Kush Sharma, Sustainable Travel Network and Rural Odyssey

Sustainable Travel Network

Tourism is a powerful platform for experiential learning and sustainable development. In India, It is also a catalyst for opportunities that can eradicate poverty and preserve culture and heritage, while instilling a need to nurture our earth by connecting its diverse landscapes with citizens, both domestic and global.

Tackling injustices and carving new paths of discovery starts with leveraging diverse voices and levels of experience and knowledge from leaders in both rural and urban communities.

Ultimately, travel is a learning platform and through Sustainable Travel Network, we are building a community of lifelong learners who are consistently striving to do better. Through virtual and in-person educational experiences, policy creation, and community building, help create the future of travel, where people and the planet are placed first, helping the industry scale sustainably.

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